Nebula Ballot!

::whew:: Been sitting on this for 2 days now; thought I was gonna blow up or something.

So, it’s official: I am on the Final Ballot for the Nebulas, for my short story “Non-Zero Probabilities” that ran in Clarkesworld last year.

I am beyond excited about this. Y’know how they say “being nominated is an honor in itself?” Well, it really is in this case. The nominations come from SFWA Associate and Active members, my professional peers; the top six nominees get onto the ballot. I’ve been nominated before, a couple of times, but never gotten this far. The next step is for SFWA Active members to vote on the six nominees in my category, and pick a single winner. So I’ve got a 1 in 6 chance of winning a Nebula now. Holy. Crap.

Even better: I’m up against some friends here, so I’m unlikely to feel bad even if I don’t win. Saladin Ahmed is in my writing group. Michael Burstein is a mentor; I met him back in Boston. Jim Kelly is too, though we don’t talk much; he was one of the instructors at Viable Paradise, the year I attended. And while I don’t know Will McIntosh or Kij Johnson personally, I’m proud as hell to be among them.

El mas mejor: (Been practicing my Spanish lately, sorry; “the best” or “best of all”) The whole slate of nominees is full of amazing writers. Go check it out.

So, squeeeeee!

10 Responses »

  1. Hi Nora –

    I just wanted to congratulate you on your well deserved Nebula nomination!

    Best
    Jonathan

  2. You totally deserve it. Your book was so well controlled and written. It was just….Martinesque. You deserve it. I hope you win.

  3. YES!!

    Now the real question — which one of us gets the sword, and which the net and trident?

  4. HUGE congrats, Nora!

  5. Yes, your probability of winning a Nebula is definitely non-zero! I’m very happy for you, Nora. But seriously, don’t get into the ring with Saladin. He sounds like he knows what he’s doing, weapon-wise.

  6. I’m going for the bow-and-arrows, actually. Though you’ll be safe enough, because I can’t hit the side of a barn. ^_-

  7. Jim! Great to hear from you! And yeah, Saladin and I are already planning to dress all in black and have ourselves a knife fight at the next Altered Fluid meeting…

    Congrats to you as well!

  8. We can remedy that! I’m looking forward to meeting you.

  9. Isn’t this way cool? Although I blush at being considered a mentor.

    Jim’s a former teacher of mine; it felt odd when he and were both up for the novella Nebula a few years ago. Now it feels odd again. :-)

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